Z Pot Tips
 1148-Arizona-Pottery-Tips-Keep-Your-Garden-Gloves-Organized Now is the time to plan ahead for your planting season next Spring.

Does it seem in the middle of it all, right when you have your hands ready to pot up that new plant into that wonderful glazed flowerpot, you can't find your gardening gloves?  Simply nail or glue a wooden clothes pin to the wall or back door. Clip your gloves there and they will always be nearby when you are potting up some new garden containers.
 1147-Arizona-Pottery-Tips-Give-A-Plain-Garden-Pot-A-Boost-With-Tissue Transform your flower pots and houseplant pots.

It's easy to transform any plain terracotta flower pot into something a bit more special.  Give it a lift by wrapping the flowerpot in bright colored tissue paper, making the banner of fun flags or adding a bow around the rim.  All inexpensive and easy things to do to jazz up a simple clay flower pot.
 1146-Arizona-Pottery-Tips-The-Color-Red-Boosts-Your-Pep Boost your pep with the color red!

Gazing at the bright hue of red will help power you through even the longest of days!  Why?  It increases your respiratory and heart rates, which boost energy and increases focus.  We suggest getting a bright red garden planter or beautiful red geraniums and set the flower pot on your desk at work where that 3:00 slump usually hits.  Remember the next time you need an instant pick me up, try potting up some red!
 1145-Arizona-Pottery-Tips-How-To-Relieve-Headaches-With-Potted-Mint Relieve headaches with potted mint.

Mint is easy to pot up and it's easy to grow.  Just select a terracotta garden pot or a colorful ceramic planter and get some potting soil.  Then keep the potted flowerpot handy for the next time you have a headache.  Mint isn't just an energy booster, reasearch shows the scent relieves headaches and eliminates nausea.  Pot some up!
 1144-Arizona-Pottery-Tips-How-To-Scrub-Out-A-Skinny-Vase Scrub out a skinny vase.

It's easy to scrub out a skinny vase or decorative container, to remove the buildup and grime from the inside a hard to clean area. Pout 1 T uncooked rice and a drop of dish soap inside the flower pottery. Fill with water then swish & shake. Dump out the flower pot and rinse.  Clean every time!
 1143-Arizona-Pottery-Tips-On-Being-Mindful-Of-Plant-Selections Be mindful of your plant selections.

Not all bulbs and seedlings are safe for pets.  You want to check with the ASPCA for a comprehensive list of plants that are toxic to dogs, cats, and even horse.  When it comes to potting up the plants around your patio or porch make sure they are not just beautiful but not toxic.  Even a small nibble or two can cause serious health issues.  So, find the right planter or garden container and then make sure the plants are safe.  That way you get to enjoy the flower pots beauty for so can you pets!
 1142---Arizona-Potter-Tips-On-Growing-Hens-And-Chicks Here are a few great tips for growing potted hens & chicks.

* Hens & Chicks in garden pots prefer full to part sun
* They grow best in zones 4 -8
* Provide good drainage and make sure your terracotta or glazed pot has a drain hole.
* Don't over water the potted hens & chicks because they are drought resistant.  Just make sure they get enough during the       summer heat.
* Potted hens & chick will only live about 2 to 3 years but since they reproduce so many chicks, you will never have to buy them.
* A hen in a pot will grow a tall center stalk that blooms before the plant dies.
Make cleanup child's play.

When bad weather forces you into the garage to do your container planting, use a child's, snow saucer. It creates a work surface for potting up plants, contains any overflow soil and results in easy clean up.  Fun and smart!

Turn yellow plant leaves green!

There is always at least one houseplant in the bunch that succumbs to yellowed leaves. The culprit is a high pH level in the soil caused by hard water. To resolve the problem, combine 2 Tbs of apple cider vinegar and 1 at of water, then pour it in the soil as soon as you notice the potted plants color change. Do this one a week for 3 weeks. The solution will lower the pH level of the soil by increasing its acidity, correcting the color change.

Guarantee healthy potted plants!

Before potting a plant, place a tea bag on the drainage hole of the planter. They will help retain the water and keep your plants full of life with great antioxidants.  This really works!
Give Green!
From weddings to Father's Day, many months have their share of festivities. When it comes to gift giving, think renewable rather than retail.
Go green with bulbs, perennials flowering plants, or a selection of garden herbs. Even better, buy a tree: It will serve as a reminder of that special day for many decades to come.  Pick our a lovely garden planter, or terracotta flower pot and you will have the most beautiful gardening gift.
Perk up dull, dreary houseplants!

If your potted ferns, cacti and spider plants look like they need a little pick me up, give them a quick rubdown with the white side of a banana peel. The skin's rough texture will gently buff away dust, while its natural oils will add a nice polished sheen. Bonus, Banana peels contain nutrients like potassium that feed plants to keep them healthy and flourishing.  This is the perfect tip for any potted plant or indoor garden container that holds houseplants.
Help your potted plants breathe!

Dusty leaves can keep potted plants from getting the air they need. Mist leaves with water regularly or wipe them with a soft damp cloth to prevent dust from settling.  Don't let your flower pots and houseplants look dull and worn out.  Give all your garden potted plants some TLC.
Dodge Drafts!

If your potted houseplants are near a frequently opened window, it can actually be as bad as leaving the plant out in the cold! Instead, put it in a naturally warm area like the kitchen.  Tender plants and herbs that are planted in garden containers need light but not cold. Make sure you keep the flower pots warm and protected during those harsh winter months.
Keeping Potted Plants Clean.

Keep plants in garden containers clean and bring out the shine in leaves by rubbing them lightly with a mixture of half water and half milk. This really works.  It's a simple step that adds so much shine and nutrients to your pots & planters.
Trim Potted Plants to Promote shapely new growth.
Right when summer peaks and all our garden containers are looking full and lush, it's time to think about cutting some plants back a little. Verbena, for instance, benefit from regular pinching throughout the summer. Impatiens often grow so fast that they require clipping back two or three times during the summer.
When you cut, go back to a joint or node that has a side branch or has new growth emerging. This helps avoid "blind eyes" that won't produce any new growth. Be sure to gently fertilize your gardencontainers after cutting to ensure that the new growth comes out strong and healthy. This is also a good time to check for pests, being sure to turn the leaves over to inspect the undersides.
A wilted houseplant.
You never professed to have a green thumb, but after just a week of neglect, your blooms are droopy and sad. If the plant doesn't perk up after watering - the soil may have pulled away from the sides of the pot, causing liquid to drain out without reaching the roots. Then fill a bucket with cool water and submerge the potted plant in the liquid for at least 30 mins, then remove it from the water and let it drain.
Cat eating plants.

You have tried moving your plants off the floor, squirting your cat with a water bottle and giving him leafy greens to nibble on instead, but he's still going after your blooms. And now he's begun getting into the pot. Stop him once and for all by placing large irregularly shaped pebbles or stones on top of the soil. The next time he jumps in, the uncomfortable rigid sensation on his delicate paw pads will make him stay away for good. You can also use our faux rocks. They are beautiful and really work.
Lining terracotta pots saves water.

Terracotta containers can certainly be a challenge to keep watered during the hot summer months, but lining the inside of a pot with a plastic bag can cut down on evaporation from the sidewalls. Be sure to provide a drain hole by cutting plenty of holes in the bottom of the bag.
Clean off garden pots!

To remove salty residue from terracotta planters, scrub with a mixture of 1/4 c white vinegar, 1/4 c rubbing alcohol and 1/4 c water. The vinegar removes the salt, and the alcohol sanitizes the pots.
Fool proof way to water plants!

If you are going on vacation for a few days, use a cotton lace from a gym shoe to keep your plants moist. Push one end into the soil and put the other end into a container of water. The shoestring serves as a wick to slowly add water to the soil. You will return to a healthy, well hydrated plant!
Keep planters secure!

A favorite spot to perch plants is on a windowsill, but that can be precarious when opening windows or closing blinds. To topple-proof your pots, put a couple tiny drops of sticky tack between the bottom of the container and the sill.
A Warm Welcome!

Studies show that just seeing the "hot" colors, such as red and orange, can increase your body heat. Try to place "warm" colored objects around your home during the cold winter months.
Nurture a plant, nurture your self!

It's never to late to start growing potted plants. Long term studies reveal that after doing just that, people report having more belief in their ability to be nurturing and to get things done!
Use charcoal to fill large pots...

Although there are several ways to fill large pots to reduce their weight, you can use all-natural 100% hardwood charcoal. It not only is lightweight but also reduces the amount of potting soil needed, improves drainage, and can be reused season after season without dealing with those messy packing peanuts. We sell a pot filler that is also perfect!
Keep flies out of the kitchen - Naturally!

No need to use a chemical fly repellent. Just prop as small basil plant on your kitchen counter, preferably near a window. The leaves' distinctive odor wards off flies! You can also use the basil in cooking. Add to a soup or top a pizza. There is nothing better!
Local Library for garden research & dreaming....

A valuable but often overlooked source of gardening information is your local library. You will find books, magazine, DVD's...on all types of plants, gardening design, pottery, care etc. You are likely to find new ideas on things you never considered trying. If the library doesn't have what you are looking for, they should be able to get it for you through inter library loans.
Give your garden pots a spin....

All potted plants want full sunlight on all sides. Moving the pat manually is easy but it's a lot easier to use a unused lazy Susan. You can find them at yard sales where they are very inexpensive. Just set your pot on them and when you need to they will easy spin for better sunlight.
Keep dogs off delicate plants....

Most dogs enjoy summer afternoons laying on the coll mulch of newly planted garden beds. So plant a small stick with each new plant and the dogs can't lie on the sick - so they choose the spaces between the plants. You can even write the names on the sticks to label the plants.
Hazelnuts decorate & help pots....

Covering the top soil of your potted plants with hazelnuts is economic and helpful. The nuts create a barrier between the cold of winter and heat of summer from coming in contact with the soil of your plants. Helping to stabilize the soil temperature. It also adds a decorative touch to the look of your pots and it keeps animals from digging in the soil. Nice!
Dryer sheets cover a pots drain hole....

Used, unscented fabric softener dryer sheets work well to cover the holes in the bottoms of containers. Store them in a recycled tissue box until you need them. Cut them to fit the bottom of your garden pots. They allow perfect drainage and don't add weight to the pots like gravel or pot shards do.
Keep pots from sticking together when stored....

Clay pots have an annoying habit of sticking together when stacked on top of each other. Prevent the problem with newspaper! Fold squares of newspaper so they are about 1/2" thick. Put a square in the bottom of each pot before stacking, and they will be easy to pull apart.
Create Moss paint for the garden....

A trip to the botanical garden has left you inspired to make a moss covered landscape at home. To do: In a blender combine 1 C yogurt, 1 C of water & handful of lawn moss, blend 30 seconds. Use a paintbrush and spread the mix on a statue or garden pot. The spores in the mix will feed on the yogurt's bacteria, encouraging growth. Mist occasionally till the greenery is established.
Keeping Scrub Pads Dry....

Store a wet steel wool scrub pad on a unpainted terracotta saucer. The clay material absorbs any water that drips off the used pad, and the pad stays RUST FREE.
Refresh a bouquet without ruining it....

You spend 30 minutes carefully arranging your flowers a few days ago. You know the water must be murky by now, but you don't want to mess up the blooms by yanking them all out. To the rescue: a turkey baster. Simply grab this multitasking hero and suck the water from the vase before implying it into your kitchen sink. Then suck fresh water into the baster and squeeze it into the vase. Viola- clean, clear water with the floral arrangement intact. Easy!
Keep flies out of the kitchen....
No need to use a chemical fly repellent. Just prop a small potted basil plant on your kitchen counter preferably near a window. The leaves' distinctive odor wards off flies. Talk about healthy!
At the office - Put a plant on your desk....

Low indoor humidity, a hallmark of colder months, can speed the evaporation of tears by up to 99 percent, say researchers at the University of Texas SW Medical Center. This leaves the eye's surface vulnerable to airborne irritants such as ozone and formaldehyde, which are readily produced by laser printers and other office equipment. Luckily, leafy plants like spider plants & snake plants can reduce a room's pollution levels by 97 percent within 50 minutes. Plants literally neutralize airborne toxins and they hydrate the air as they "breathe" reducing the odds of dry eye recurrence.

Sharpening dull kitchen knives on a flowerpot....

The unglazed surface of Arizona Pottery flowerpot can stand in for a sharpening stone. Just use the pot as you would a whetstone. Hold the blade so the knife's edge faces away from you as you stroke the pot's edge. Otherwise, you will be left with too fine of an edge that will feel sharp but then dull almost immediately upon use.
Turn a pot rack into a plant rack....

Pots and planters get their own dose of warmth with splashes of high-gloss paint. A vintage kitchen pot rack becomes a towering plant stand once it gets a uniform coat of glossy buttercup paint. Tangerine enlivens a table supporting a terracotta planter.
Protect nails from garden grime....

When spring has arrived and you can't wait to put your green thumb to use, you hesitate because scrubbing the dirt out from underneath your fingernails and chipping your polish doesn't excite you. So, here is a tip. Before you start digging, lightly rake your nails over a bar of soap. The buildup will prevent soil from becoming embedded in nail crevices. Then just wash your hands afterward as usual - the soap and dirt will wash away.
Did you know?

The simplest way to plant bulbs in flower pots is to mass a single variety in each pot. Bulbs like tulips and daffodils look especially good this way.
A half dozen tulips and one outstanding clay or ceramic pot is all it takes to make a super vignette.
A skateboard becomes a garden scooter....

Of all the toys my grown children have left behind, the most useful has been an old skateboard.I sit on it to edge and weed, which saves my back and knees.It is also great for moving large containers around.I tip the container, slide the skateboard underneath, and move it where I want it to go without any heavy lifting.I also use the skateboard to roll recycling bins to the curb.J. Stroman, Georgia.
Salts on the sides: How to eliminate them....

A pot made of terracotta pottery contributes to defend the plants from possible dangerous accumulations of nutrition. Excess fertilizer and mineral salts contained in the soil are in fact filtered naturally through the porous sides of the clay pot and deposit on the outside. There is no reason to be alarmed if the sides of the clay pots sometimes have white spots. It is merely a matter of mineral salts in the soil, which surface with time and dry when exposed to the air. The problem can be solved by washing the terracotta pot with a 10% solution of water and hydrochloric acid (easily obtained anywhere) and to then rinse the pot abundantly.
Pottery Shards for the bottom of your pots....

Whether a clay pots new or reused, you should always place a small pot shard on the bottom, to cover the central hole, in order to prevent the soil from leaking out. Even better, place a layer of pot shards up to one-tenth of the heights of the clay or ceramic pot,
before filling up with soil. This will improve the airing of the root system.

Pot shards can be pieces of clay, ceramic, concrete, or glass pottery. You can replace the pot shards with river rock, Styrofoam, foam peanuts or other objects that will pile together, allowing water to run through, and keep from blocking the drain holes.

Essential elements of an inviting entryway....

1. A clear path - save the meandering paths for the backyard, where you want to linger and explore.
2. Color - Besides a patch of green lawn - place colorful pottery around and fill with bright and bold flowers.
3. Containers & Ornaments - Give guests a preview of your personality by using unique, unusual and large planters. Mix them for variety. Always, a a garden
sphere, bird bath or concrete bench, to bridge the gap between house and garden.
4. Sufficient nighttime lighting. It's nearly impossible to find a doorway in the dark without lights. Make them attractive and functional.

Swimming Pool Pottery....

Swimming pools are one of the most awkward features to blend into the overall design of a garden and it is often difficult to plant directly into the ground close to a pool; ceramic, sandstoneor high fired pottery can break up the monotonous horizontal line of paving and water, giving vertical emphasis as well as providing color and interest. Its' cool crystal blue surface sparkling in the sun attacks like nothing else in hot summer weather.

All that blue can look harsh under brilliant sunlight specially when surrounded by concrete. Pools need the decorative help of beautiful pottery plain or planted in lovely colors like Rustic Planters
. Ferns, shrubs, and blooming annuals and perennials all look lovely in poolside terra-cottaclay pots.
Moss covered clay pottery....

Sometimes, especially in the case of plants requiring frequent watering or clay terracotta potsfacing north, a greenish patina may surface on the side of the clay pot(usually moss or lichens) which is not harmful to the plants. Some people like it as it gives the clay pot a time-worn and antique appearance. If you want to eliminate it all you need to do is wash the garden potcarefully with water and chlorine, it is not necessary to remove the plant.
Use a Rolodex for plant information and pottery sizing....
Many gardeners laboriously type important information for each new plant they purchase in a computer file, or keep stacks of hand written notes. Sometimes they fall months behind in keeping the information updated. Worse of all you would always have to refer to the computer or your stacks of paper to find anything.

Lets say you are out in the garden and you need a specific pot for a specific plant or space, try writing what size you have and what size you will need on a Rolodex card. That way you can take just the card with you when you go online to shop for pottery. You can file the cards by size, type or color. Best of all, the card file is instantly accessible and and mobile.

The Patio Garden....

Potterycomes into its own in larger paved gardens because these are outdoor rooms in the fullest sense of the word and as such will need furnishings. A visual link between indoors and out is likely to be desirable. There is a far greater scope for grouping pots together, than for example on a windowsill or balcony. Because of more space you can display a vast assortment of garden pottery in different sizes, heights and styles. Planted pots are a decorative and mobile addition to any garden, whatever it contains. Potsplaced on the perimeter of your yard can be used to provide seasonal bright spots of color to be seen against a mainly evergreen shrub border. This can be particularly valuable during the winter months when many gardens are devoid of color.
Drip-Proof hanging plants....

Even if you accidentally over-water a hanging plant, you can easily prevent drips from trickling onto your floor and making a mess. Here's how: Grab a shower cap and slip it over the bottom of the pot. The elastic band of the hair covering fits snugly around most midsize planters.
The plastic cap will collect any excess liquid as it drains, so you can water your blooms with confidence.
A cracked pot idea....

I've found an easy way to repair clay pots that have cracked but are not quite broken. I clean out the pot, scrubbing along the crack line with soapy water and then rinse and let dry. I then cut a piece of plastic window screen 2" wide and as long as the pot is deep. I spread a generous amount of a contact sealant, like Goop, along the crack on the inside of the pot and embed the strip of screen in the sealant. When it hardens, I spread another layer of sealant over the entire screen and let it dry over night. I have successfully saved a couple of large clay pots this way. J Singer, Venice, Florida.
Entrances and steps....

An entrance, by it s very nature, demands attention and sets a scene. virtually all entrances will benefit from all kinds of pottery, especially decorative pottery
or stone pottery. Most doors and gates are set in hard surfacing where it is difficult to plant directly into the ground so terracotta containers either freestanding or wall hung are ideal and will bring color and interest to an otherwise barren area. The choice of pottery depends on the size of the area around the entrance. A formal entrance often needs a little dressing up and containers of formal style would be ideally suited. Containers around an entrance in an informal setting can afford to be softer.
Leveling a container....

When placing large containers on the concrete apron leading to the entrance of a garage, the apron has a steep angle, which makes the containers tilt. When you water, soil in the top of the containers washes out onto the drive. Place a small scrap of angle iron, purchased from a local hardware store under the pot, level it without making th pot wobbly. Or better yet, purchase pot feet and have a more decorative and better looking way of doing the same thing. Since pot feet are sold separately you can mix and match as needed. Arizona Pottery sells plain terracotta feet or decorative animal feet. Just look under the "Saucers & Feet" section to the left.
Use a shovel handle to space plants...

One of the first gardening mistakes people make when planting is placing them to close together. Incorrectly spaced plants look incredible for awhile but will then turn into a jungle that needs to be thinned. Using a yard stick has always been popular but trying to remember to take it with you when you go to the garden is a different matter all together. So incorporating the concept of a yardstick on a garden tool that is always with you is original and helpful. By using a shovel, rake or hoe and then measure from the tip of the handle down to the bottom and mark it in 6" increments. Just lay the shovel down when planting and you won't have to guess again where to dig the next hole.

In many small outdoor spaces, such as balconies, basements and patios, the surface area of the wall is considerable greater than that of the floor space. Such high boundaries, if left bare, can present a wide range of possibilities for container planting, which will clothe them in greenery to give color and interest all year round. Walls also provide valuable shelter for plants, allowing the most tender of plant species to thrive. Wall hung terracotta pottery is ideal for annuals, which can provide instant color during spring and summer. Freestanding terracotta wall pots placed against the bottom of a wall can hold climbers which will either cling to the wall or be trained up it, using means of support. A group of three terra-cotta wall hung pots make a simple but pleasing composition against any wall. They can be planted with annual, spring flowerings and different ivies.
Turning large containers....

Over the years, I have found it cumbersome, if not impossible, to turn large potted plants so that I can ensure even sun exposure, remove spent blooms, cut flowers, inspect for insects, check the soil condition, and so forth. Even wheeled plant stands upset my fastidious nature because they never suited the pot for which they were intended. I now fill a saucer, which is just a bit larger than the base of the pots, with florists marbles and set the pot on top of them. The pot has drainage, turns easily, and the marbles never deteriorate. If, at the end of the season, the marbles are covered in sediment, I give them a good soaking in a vinegar solution before reusing them. S. Tamulonis, Denver, Co.
How to prepare a pot....

When you buy a clay pot, the first thing to do is to soak it for some hours. This little secret serves to prevent the excessively dry clay from absorbing water from the soil quickly for the plants' good. Fill a large tub with water, place the clay pottery gently in the bottom and let them soak.

Also, in Autumn, before you store
terracotta potterythat has been emptied of seasonal flower plants, in your garage or shed, remove the soil pieces with a hard brush and wash them carefully with very warm water, leaving them to dry in the sun. This is the best way to guarantee the terracotta pots are undamaged and ready for use the following Spring.
Windows and small balconies...

These make excellent places for a pottery grown garden. They may be in an open position, catching more light than at ground level where they will also escape the worst frost. As both window sills and small balconies are limited in size, narrow planters are appropriate. Use a plant stand to display a lovely visual composition with a variety of clay and ceramic pots and plant materials. Pots on a windowsill or small balcony will be enjoyed indoors and well as out, so try to plan a colorful and eye-catching display.

One carefully placed pot of bright geraniums in a wonderful terracotta pot on your windowsill, door step, patio or front walk and you will immediately create an eye-catching garden in miniature. First one piece of terracotta pottery and then another and the magic of container planting will inspire you. Arizona Pottery has all the different styles to make this happen.

Hanging Pots...

Pieces of potteryhangingin front of a doorway will make a great impact. Where space around a doorway is limited, one or two wall hung pieces of clay or ceramic pottery will soften the starkness of a bare wall. Here is also a great place for 2 strawberry pots planted with trailing varieties of summer flowering annuals can be displayed. Steps in addition to linking different levels, concentrate attention along a specific route. Freestanding pots hanging in front of a window can color when looking from the inside out. Place a herb garden in each pot and hang outside a kitchen window where all you will need to do is open the glass and snip off the herbs.
Spring clamps hold a rake in place....

I have been doing lots of raking in my yard lately, and it is frustrating when my rake falls out of my wheelbarrow as I move it thought the garden. I solved this problem by attaching two large, inexpensive spring clamps to the side of the wheelbarrow's bucket, spaced 2 feet apart. The rake, along with any other long handled tools I may need, rests between the handles of the clamps and stays put. C Heydemann, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.